This is a wonderful example of a Kenyan coffee. It is juicy and refreshing with notes of red currant, lime and hibiscus.
Karimikui is one of the older washing stations in Kenya. Hundreds of smallholders from the area surrounding the washing station will bring their coffee here to have it processed. The team at the washing station will sort the cherries before they go into production and the coffees are traditionally processed using dry fermentation, before being washed and graded in channels, and finally dried on raised beds. The farmers mainly grow SL28 and SL34, but as with almost all Kenyan cooperative coffees, there can be a mix of everything. Other common cultivars are K7, Ruiru 11 and now also Batian.
Origin: Karimikui - Rungeto Farmer’s Cooperative Society
The Karimikui Coffee Factory was established in 1966 and consists of six acres of land by the villages of Githureia, Gituba and Kiamugumo. It is currently affiliated with the Rungeto Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS), in an area where most smallholder farmers are growing tea, not coffee. The rich red volcanic soil is ideal for coffee growing, with year round temperatures between 13C and 24C. There are two rainy periods: the long rains between March and May and the short rains between October and December.
The washing station receives assistance from Coffee Management Services (CMS). This group's long term goal is to increase coffee production through farmer training, ready access to inputs, Good Agricultural Practice seminars, and providing the most current printed materials on sustainable farming. CMS strongly believe in establishing a transparent, trust based relationship with smallholder farmers, helping to support sustained industry growth throughout the country, and continuing to elevate the standards of quality coffee produced in Kenya.
Opprinnelsesland: Kenya, Kirinyaga
Kultivar: SL-34, SL-28, Ruiru 11, Batian
Høyde: 1650 m.o.h